Putin plays down ties with President Trump's ex-adviser Flynn

Putin plays down ties with President Trump's ex-adviser Flynn

Putin said hackers anywhere in the world, including the United States, could make it seem like the interference came from Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has no knowledge of a reported pre-inauguration proposal by President Donald Trump's son in law and top aide Jared Kushner to set up a secret, bug-proof communications channel with the Kremlin.

"Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes", Putin told Kelly.

Asked whether all 17 USA intelligence agencies that concluded Russian Federation interfered with the election are lying, Putin said “they have been misled” and said he has not seen “any direct proof of Russias interference.”.

Clips were played from the event that showed Kelly asking Putin in front of 4,000 guests about Russia's role in the hacking of the 2016 USA presidential election.

He also rejected as "another load of nonsense" claims that the Kremlin had any damaging information on President Trump.

Having reiterated that the classified intelligence agencies' reports on Moscow's alleged meddling in the United States presidential election contain no "direct proof", Putin said that officials in the U.S. "have been misled and they are not analyzing the information in its entirety".

Mr Putin also told NBC that regardless of Mr Trump's previous travel to Russian Federation as a businessman, he had had no relationship with him and had never met him. Even though there was a time when Trump went to Moscow "I never met with him". You and I met up last evening.




Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election, was sacked by Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term. "I didn't even really talk to him", Putin said.

"No meetings between Ambassador Kislyak and anybody from the Trump campaign?" President Putin said Russian Federation is operating on a "democratic path" and was put off to be asked about that subject. "But the main policy track does not change", Putin said.

The contacts Flynn and other Trump aides had with Russian officials and bankers are drawing intense scrutiny, particularly after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russian hackers meddled in the American election.

Last week, CNN reported that Russian officials discussed having potentially "derogatory" financial information about Trump and his aides in conversations intercepted by USA intelligence officials.

Kelly pushed back on Putin's claims, including saying it sounded like the Russian president was trying to justify his attempts to influence elections.

He accused the U.S. media of sensationalizing information and using it as a "weapon of war" against Trump.

"Right now I think we have representatives from a hundred different American companies that have come to Russian Federation".

Instead, Putin took the opportunity to deny every allegation that's been leveled at Russian Federation since the election. Why, did we have some special relationship with him? He used to be in the security services'. The public hearing is expected to shed light on his private conversations with Mr Trump in the weeks before his dismissal, including any discussion about the Flynn investigation.

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